Peaking

Definitions

  • ELECTRIC PEAK
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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Peaking Mean; sneaking.
    • Peaking Pining; sickly; peakish.
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A. CHOPINE; B, BUSKIN; C, PEAKED SHOE; D, TUDOR SHOE A. CHOPINE; B, BUSKIN; C, PEAKED SHOE; D, TUDOR SHOE

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wham-O manufactured twenty-thousand hula-hoops a day at the peak of hula-hoop popularity in 1958
    • peaking Sickly; pining.
    • peaking Sneaking; mean-spirited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kangaroo rat can cover ground at a rate of 17 feet per second. It can leap as much as 18 inches straight up and can switch directions at the peak of its jump.
    • Peaking sickly, pining, sneaking
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
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    “Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
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    “The fact is, the difference between peak performers and everybody else are much smaller than everybody else thinks.”
  • Thomas Wentworth Higginson
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    “Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.”
  • J. August Strindberg
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    “Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pec—Ir. peac, a sharp thing. Cf. Beak, Pike.

Usage

In literature:

We never tire of looking at the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
From the plain I ascended to the peaks.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Beyond and above these a few tall peaks stood thin and pale, cutting a sky that was empty of all but light.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
On this journey a long range of mountains with many high peaks was discovered.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
It borders Schroon Lake, and its highest peak is Mount Pharaoh, nearly 4,000 feet above tidewater.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
It's covered the roof halfway to the peak and it's choking the windows and doorways of the houses on either side.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Pen's "Take me with you, Still," was the very peak of sorrow now to the boy.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It lies next but one to the valley beyond the peak you climbed.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
The highest peak within a radius of 25 miles of Simla is the Chor, which is over 12,000 feet high, and does not lose its snow cap till May.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
None knows at what time the peak of Chahorra and the great peak were truly active.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
There he saw a great white cloud swooping down from the peak of Grizzly Slide.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
According to the priests, four Buddhas have visited the peak.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
N Laramie Peak; Eagle Peak; Bear Creek, 3 mi.
"Geographic Distribution and Taxonomy of the Chipmunks of Wyoming" by John A. White
A', A', outer edges of the atoll formed by upgrowth of the coral during the subsidence of the peak.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
The outline of these mountains is very irregular, the highest parts being peaked hills.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
As we kept steadily up-hill, the sun seemed to mount very rapidly, and, peak after peak, the summits of the upper Sierra rose into view.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
Whitney rising snow-capped above the surrounding peaks, and back to the waiting boys.
"Unexplored!" by Allen Chaffee
Its peak shining in the sunshine far above is nothing to the great mass that moves on under the water.
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Republic; the name also of a single peak, 17,000 feet high.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
To the north the stupendous peak of Aconquija rose in its snows.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
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In poetry:

So light and free is now the air;
Of all its burdens stripped it bare
The snow with playful sally.
I glimpse behind its veil so thin
A landscape gay, and high within
A snow-peak o'er the valley.
"A Meeting" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Forests blaze red beneath the frosty sky,
The wrath of Heaven's armies soars to the clouds.
Mist veils Longgang, its thousands peaks blurred.
All cry out in unison:
Our van has taken Zhang Huizan!
"Against the First" by Mao Zedong
Oh, glittering Form that would not stay! —
Oh, sudden, sighing breeze!
A fainting rainbow dropped below
Far gleaming peaks and walls of snow
And there, a weary way, I go,
Towards the Sunrise seas.
"Aileen" by Henry Kendall
Amid the growing shades of dusk stand sturdy pines,
Riotous clouds sweep past, swift and tranquil.
Nature has excelled herself in the Fairy Cave,
On perilous peaks dwells beauty in her infinite variety.
"The Fairy Cave" by Mao Zedong
Enraptured with the sun's caress
And windless warmth 'mid peaks of snow,
In careless quest of happiness
The gay world sauntered to and fro,
Or, seated on the well-kept strand,
Enjoyed the music of the band.
"The Outcasts" by John Lawson Stoddard
When the day had ended,
And the night descended,
I heard the sound of streams that I heard not through the day,
And every peak afar
Was ready for a star,
And they climbed and rolled around until the morning gray.
"When The Storm Was Proudest" by George MacDonald

In news:

Peak conditions are still one or two weeks away, travel officials say.
Amid Bhutan 's Peaks, Rituals And Temples.
But what's bad for Peak 7 has been great for Peak 10.
Peak color in the woods is over and most of the native trees and shrubs have dropped their leaves in preparation for winter.
S&P 500 in Cheapest Bull Market Since Reagan 26% Below Peak.
The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight in the first of what may be two viewing climaxes this year.
Lights rise up to the peak of the roof.
A sneak peak at the 2011 Range (Source: Range Rover).
Affordable Offerings from Bishop's Peak.
The peak of the calving period is typically from May 15 to June 21, but elk could drop calves as late as June 30.
It's not the towering, rocky peaks -- there aren't any of those.
The bulk of the Canada-goose season takes place from late November through January, when the migration is at its peak.
The Leonid Meteor Shower should peak early Saturday between 1 am and sunrise.
Peak oil could do serious damage to the global economy.
This cop car provides us with a sneak peak at the upcoming Chevrolet SS.
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In science:

However, these are very small, barely 1 arcsec peak-to-peak.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
After elimination of the components sin A and sin 3A, the residual deviation amounts to less than ±0.5 arcsec (peak-to-peak).
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Fast switching can excite the rotation mode, which has translation components on-axis that can amount to 30µm peak-to-peak.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The peak to peak of this positioning oscillation is about 0.4 arcsec.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Denoting as local surface ”peaks” such sites the number at which exceeds the numbers appearing at neighboring sites, we aim to calculate the probability P (M , L) of having M peaks on a lattice containing L sites.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
We are also able to calculate the ”correlation function” p(l) defining the conditional probability that two peaks are separated by the interval l under the condition that the interval l does not contain other peaks.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
Here we are also able to calculate the ”correlation function” p(l) defining the conditional probability that two peaks are separated by the interval l under the condition that the interval l does not contain other peaks.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
Probabilities of having a single peak and a pair of isolated peaks some distance apart from each other on one- and two-dimensional lattices.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
On the other hand, the probability of having two peaks at next-nearest-neighboring sites or in corners of each lattice cell, is greater than 1/25, which means that peaks effectively ”attract” each other! In Fig.4 we summarize the results for the probabilities of several simple configurations of peaks.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
This effect is even more pronounced for peaks occupying sites in the corners of a lattice cell - here these two peaks have two ”common” numbers and each of them has to be less than the least of them.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
Violation of hyperscaling then follows from the L-dependence of the peak positions and the root-mean-square peak widths [30, 31].
Critical behavior of colloid-polymer mixtures in random porous media
There is a slight peak around one which corresponds to the peak at zero for the adjacency matrix ().
Random matrix analysis of network Laplacians
The symbols near the peaks correspond to the pulse energy of those peaks in Fig. 3.
Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes
From this point of view, the question is rather clear cut: if PT (E ) at the critical temperature has a single peak, it is a continuous transition; if it has two peaks, the transition is first order.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
Region II is associated to the energy interval where the peak (or peaks) of PT ∗ (E ), the probability distribution at the transition temperature, is (are) located.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
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